FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Hoffenheim retained its unbeaten record in the Bundesliga by battling with Eintracht Frankfurt to 0-0 in an ill-tempered match that saw Eintracht defender Timothy Chandler sent off on Friday.
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There were virtually no chances on either side but plenty of fouls and dirty play in a match that threatened to get out of control at any time.
Chandler was set off in the 83rd minute after a melee, apparently for grabbing the neck of Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner.
Referee Christian Dingert did not give a yellow card until the 52nd, to Eintracht midfielder Marco Fabian, despite the many fouls. By the end of the match, he had handed out eight yellow cards and one red.
“I really don't know why he got the red, I wasn't really aware,” Wagner said of Chandler. “I think he was trying to protect me.”
After watching a replay, Wagner said, “I guess he put his hand to my neck but I didn't really feel it. It's a football match, it happens. I hope he doesn't get punished too harshly.”